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Taking advantage of the warmer weather and calm waters, the Lakehead University Curling teams ventured into unchartered waters as they headed to the Thunder Bay Rowing Club to test their skills at rowing.
Under the tutelage of rowing coach, Cy Goshgarian, and club president, Alison Parsons who also acted as Coxswain, the curlers traded in their brooms for oars.
Sarah Corley (BEd2) said, “ I have never been so anxious in any of my teaching experiences as I was stepping into the boat for the first time”. Erin Tomalty (BScN2) encouraged her saying “Life begins outside your comfort zone”.
The curlers progressed very well according to coach Goshgarian. “They were quite apprehensive at first but they gained confidence as the experience went on. They really had to manage their focusing and balance skills, both of which are integral to their success in curling”.
It was also a terrific physical training experience as well. The curlers will hit the ice next week with the men starting play at the Fort William Curling Club on Monday and the Women playing their first game in the TBayTel Major League of Curling on Wednesday at 6:30 at the Port Arthur Curling Club.
“If we thought this rowing was tough, we have to face team Krista McCarville on Wednesday. Talk about jumping from the frying pan and into the fire. We are pumped” said skip Hailey Beaudry.